Wardrobe Wishlist: March

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GINGHAM DRESS | GINGHAM BLOUSE | SUEDE BAG

BALLET FLATS | SLOGAN TEE | JUMPER | SWEATER

A new month, and time again for another wardrobe wishlist!

This month’s wishlist seems to be very Parisian; I think it’s inspired by my upcoming trip to the city of light. A pretty simplistic colour palette, with pops of colour, minimal shapes and limited print – the perfect Parisian capsule wardrobe, wouldn’t you agree?

I am loving the high street’s Spring offering so far; retro gingham is one of my favourite prints and the high street is awash with it. It was actually very difficult to whittle it down to these two pieces! I love this subtly ruffled blouse and this dynamite sundress, which is just so gorgeous… like Lana Del Rey at a barbecue.

Slogans aren’t usually my thing, but I am obsessed with this navy La Redoute sweater (I actually just snapped it up with their 30% off code!) and can see it working throughout Spring. And this Mango tee, with its not-so-subtle Bowie homage, is just too much fun to resist.

Accessories-wise, I’ve wanted a pair of dusky pink, satin ribbon ballet flats for years – I can actually remember painstakingly stitching ribbons onto a pair of plain pink ballet flats about ten years ago! These Topshop ones will make the process far easier, I’m sure. And who could ignore this gorgeous emerald green suede bag? It would be the perfect bag to take to Paris with me in May – super chic, big enough for the essentials and far cheaper than it looks!

A Stylish New Accessory

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It’s safe to say that, when I was unwrapping my Christmas presents a few weeks back, I certainly wasn’t expecting to see this! My darling Lewis had already totally spoiled me with most of the items on my wishlist (purchased before I’d even written that post!) so I thought I’d had my fill. But a Kate Spade watch? Totally not on my radar – but I’m so glad it was on his!

Blush pink leather, gold hardware and a gently shimmering mother of pearl face – the three dream components for a watch in my opinion, so the Metro watch was the perfect choice.

I’ve been wearing this basically every day since Christmas; the pale blush tone goes with absolutely everything in my wardrobe and makes it a gorgeous option for a daytime watch (see here and here for examples!). It’s sleek and chic and so feminine – and the little details, such as the tiny spade at the ’12’ space and on the arm, give me all the heart-eyes!

Do you wear a watch?

A Wardrobe Wishlist: Shopping The Sales Part 2

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Last week I shared with you my favourite picks from the sales for party outfits and special items, perfect for those occasions that require something a little fancier. Today I’m being a little more practical, sharing those pieces that have caught my eye that would slot right into an everyday wardrobe.

I made  a resolution this year to fall back in love with my wardrobe; to pick pieces that were perhaps a little more flamboyant than a Tuesday afternoon generally calls for, to always feel ‘dressed up’ and good about what I am wearing. I think many of us fall into the trap of ‘jeans, jumper and trainers’, and I am certainly guilty of this. So my selections here are all about adding a little extra pizazz into the day-to-day, something with a bit of sparkle or flair to take an everyday outfit to the next.

Breton tops are a wardrobe staple for me, but I feel like I’ve probably overworn them in my time. This navy blue style is easy enough to throw on every day but the little detail that really swings it for me is the ribbon back; so feminine, so French, sold! With this bargainous blue leather flap bag from Mango worn nonchalantly on the shoulder, this is the ideal kind of weekend outfit for me.

Prints and patterns are a simple way to add a bit of ‘wow’ to your wardrobe, and this tapestry-inspired jacquard miniskirt would instantly jazz up a simple black top and tights combo. It’s got just the right amount of retro flair to be super wearable too.

Interesting, day-to-day tops are a bit of a wardrobe must-have for me, and there’s a bit of a dearth of them in my closet at the moment. What I am constantly on the hunt for are blouses and tops that go with skirts and jeans, and can be worn for work or play, changed around, always comfortable and always flattering. I’m not asking for the world… But these two are right at the top of my wishlist. The blue Lovell blouse from the M&S Archive by Alexa collection is down to £16 in the sale, and it’s got just the right amount of detail to make an outfit interesting. I’d pair this buttoned-up blouse with a black mini and Chelsea boots for that scrumptious 60s swing I lust after. Similarly, this classic black Peter Pan collar blouse would work with any number of outfits for an instantly-chic look. Add these bargainous boots to the mix and that’s a serious style update right there.

And of course, any day-to-day wardrobe needs those items that aren’t just for the daily grind. For days out, weekend adventures or just Saturday brunch, there’s those pieces that aren’t super-dressy but just add a little bit of oomph for the occasion. This confetti-spotted culotte jumpsuit is one such piece; wear it over a white blouse for easy weekend chic, or go bare-shouldered and pair with stacked heels for a great afternoon/evening ensemble. And while this pretty pink frock would be dreamy for any day of the week, you could also add it to the list of pieces to wear for those ever-so-slightly dressier occasions too. The blush tone is perfect for spring, and I adore the ruffled collar and crochet details. It appears that SS17 will be a raging retro-mania for me!

 

A Wardrobe Wishlist: Shopping the Sales Part 1

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The sales might be a tricky one to navigate – with ever-decreasing discounts so you’re never sure when to take the plunge, to knowing when to swoop and grab that last must-have in your size, it can be a bit of a minefield.

Personally, I like to divide my sales shopping up into two categories to try and make it a little more organised; I prefer to separate my searching into ‘daywear’ and ‘partywear’ categories. Otherwise I find my shopping basket overflowing with sequins and lace, jumpers and jumpsuits and just not sure what can be worn where and with what. Separating the load into pretty daywear and luxe basics, and glitzier pieces perfect for a night on the tiles, makes it so much easier to know where the gaps in my wardrobe are and what I need (and what I don’t, but will probably buy anyway!).

So for part one of my Sales Wardrobe Wishlist, I’m going all out on the glitz front. Yes, party season may be over, but this is the perfect time to stock up on those glam purchases perfect for nights out, parties and special occasions to see you through the year to come.

Looking at my wishlist, I’m not steering far from my favourite colours; pink, navy and black, with a healthy dose of gold and silver – I’d recommend this way of shopping, picking things in your staple shades as it means they’re far more likely to be worn!

I’ll start with possibly the glitziest piece on the wishlist; this silver sequin sweater from Topshop. It’s the perfect way to jazz up a pair of jeans and would look dreamy paired with messy hair, black jeans or leather leggings, and this sleek Chloe lookalike leather shoulder bag from H&M.

Also from H&M is this blush satin party dress – which is currently winging its way to me and cost just £8.99! Spending so little on such a statement piece makes great fashion maths – this fancy, flouncy frock won’t get worn much but the cost per wear will automatically be so low that it doesn’t really matter.

Not so good on the cost-per-wear scale is this funnel-necked black and silver sequin mini dress, bedazzled with stars. It’s down to £60 in the Topshop sale, which I still think is pretty pricey for a party dress, but it won’t stop me getting all starry-eyed over it… Also starry but much cheaper is this pretty monochrome blouse, which is currently £8 at Boohoo. It’s sheer with a plunging neckline, and would be such an easy piece to throw on for dinner or cocktails, low-key with jeans or you could amp it up with some statement trousers or some stunning shoes, like this gorgeous gold ankle boots which are currently around £16 from H&M.

Finally, a jumpsuit is a great piece to wear for weddings, parties or just a night on the town. This navy velvet pleated numbernavy velvet pleated number from Topshop is just £20 and is super chic; subtly 70s, and navy looks good on everyone. I think this would be so easy to throw on for a last-minute night out and still be the best-dressed person at the bar!

What’s on your wardrobe wishlist? Stay tuned for part two, my daywear sales edit too.

Frocks with Flowers

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DRESS: TOPSHOP | BAG: H&M | HAIRBAND: NEW LOOK | SHOES: NEW LOOK

Excuse the obvious lateness of these photos; I think somewhere in the rush of getting everything ready to move, I must have completely forgotten about this shoot! We went to Richmond back in July for a day of exploring before we left the city, and what a beautiful day it was. I remember it feeling like the first real day of summer, and we loved discovering this amazing part of London that we hadn’t ventured to before. Wandering around Kew Gardens and Richmond Park is certainly not a bad way to spend a Saturday…

If you haven’t been to this part of town before, I really recommend it. A beautiful twisting little high street leads down to the riverfront, which is just so picturesque. Huge houses towering over the waterline, hidden lanes covered with greenery… even a pink palace! What more could you want?

Keeping in with the botanical theme, I wore one of my favourite dresses for the occasion; this pretty pink floral midi never fails as far as I’m concerned! It’s one of those rare all-rounder pieces in my wardrobe – I’ve worn it with bare legs and heels for a trip to the theatre, with tights and ankle boots in the winter, and here with casual trainers for a day of walking. It just works!

I just loved this day and I’m annoyed I forgot to share these photos, but at least we have them now. It’s places like this and days like this that I will miss having in London, but I am excited about having a whole new city to explore and share with you (providing I remember that I have the photos, of course…!)

A Wedding Guest Outfit with a Twist

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A summer wedding, you say? If you’re expecting prim and proper, pretty shades of pink and peach and lilac, then I’m afraid you’re hitting up the wrong blog, ladies.

When we were invited to a wedding reception in Edinburgh in June, I had a vision in my head for months of wearing a gorgeous, cerise-pink satin dress that’s been hanging in my wardrobe before Christmas, looking like a very bright and shiny Quality Street wrapper. But when it got closer to the time and I realised *everyone* would be wearing shades of pink and purple, I decided to think a bit outside the box and channel the ultimate style icon for a wedding guest outfit with a twist.

My inspiration? Kate Moss at her legendary 30th birthday party, strutting out of a club in a shimmering star-printed black maxi dress, complete with wild, tumbling curls and a Bowie-esque gold star painted over her right eye. My weapon of choice was this gorgeous maxi from ASOS (similar here), with its glittering stars and sweeping sleeves – black might not be everyone’s choice for a wedding but when a dress is this fabulous, it should be!

I felt amazing in this dress! I think we all need something like this in our wardrobe arsenal;  slide up the zip and feel like a superstar, there’s nothing more transformative sometimes. I paired it with my very favourite silver and gold t-bar heels from Topshop (similar here), the most comfortable pair of heels in the world, and with a well-loved (read: slightly battered) pleather laser-cut envelope clutch (similar here). As a finishing touch, I added my new favourite hair accessory, a Grecian gold-leaf headband and piles of dainty gold necklaces and bracelets, for the glamorous-boho look I was envisaging.

I loved this look in its entirety and am already searching for the next occasion when I can recreate it – who says you can’t wear black to a wedding?!

Dressing Up For Summer; Pretty In Pink

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When it comes to summer occasionwear, there’s usually only one style I have in mind. Nothing feels more glamorous than a floaty, boho maxi dress in a pretty print! Perfect to pair with sparkly sandals or all-out heels, a grown-up maxi is an easy way to glide from daytime to evening whatever the occasion!

With this in mind, when JD Williams got in touch and ask if I’d like to choose a dress from their SS16 collection, I knew a pretty maxi dress would be the top of my list! There were so many designs to choose from, but in the end I went for this gorgeous blush pink floral style. I love the floaty caped sleeves and the cut-out details; it’s the perfect mix of laidback boho chic and grown-up glamour!

I paired the dress with some pink sparkly shoes and my favourite pink day-to-night bag for a pretty pastel look; pink is great suits-all shade and teamed with pared-back makeup and hair, it’s a great way to look chic without feeling overdone – perfect boho glamour!